Kingship was the only form of government in Ancient Mesopotamia.
It was ordained by the Gods for the guidance and prosperity of people and cities, to maintain order and to protect the wealth in society.
Among the kingly duties were military leadership, priestly functions, law-giving and city building.
When kingship broke down so did law and order, with terrible consequences.
… “We are talking ‘Divine Kingship’ here, are we not?” asks Wen.
“Possibly… Possibly, not. It is not exactly clear is it? One thing is apparent though.”
“At this juncture in time the institution was already ancient.”
“What makes you so sure?”
“The kingly duties listed here would originally have fallen to different individuals.”
“You mean, our king has been busy usurping the functions of his ruling elite?”
“Something like that.”
“Naughty, naughty, Mister Kingship!”
“Indeed! In cases such as these we may even have to consider the introduction of terrible consequences before the break down of this venerable institution.”
“Oh, Don, you say the kindest things.”
LORD OF THE DEEP: THE QUEST FOR IMMORTALITY
A DRAMATIC RETELLING OF THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH
The Oldest written story known to man…
What spiritual treasures lie hidden in this, five thousand-year old, Epic?
What can this ancient civilisation teach us about the questions of existence?
Join us on this quest of a life-time, next April, to find out…
‘Gilgamesh is among the greatest things that can ever happen to a person.’
– Rainer Maria Rilke.
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